Percy Bysshe Shelley (Writer)

#14458 Percy Bysshe Shelley

You would not easily guess All the modes of distress Which torture the tenants of earth; And the various evils, Which like so many devils, Attend the poor souls from their birth. .

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#14459 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Cease, cease, wayward Mortal! I dare not unveil The shadows that float o’er Eternity’s vale; Nought waits for the good but a spirit of Love, That will hail their blest advent to regions above. For Love, Mortal, gleams through the gloom of my sway, And the shades which surround me fly fast at its ray. .

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#14460 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Dar’st thou amid the varied multitude To live alone, an isolated thing? .

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#14461 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Not the swart Pariah in some Indian grove, Lone, lean, and hunted by his brother’s hate, Hath drunk so deep the cup of bitter fate As that poor wretch who cannot, cannot love: He bears a load which nothing can remove, A killing, withering weight. .

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#14462 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sweet the rose which lives in Heaven, Although on earth ’tis planted, Where its honours blow, While by earth’s slaves the leaves are riven Which die the while they glow. .

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#14463 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Age cannot Love destroy, But perfidy can blast the flower, Even when in most unwary hour It blooms in Fancy’s bower. Age cannot Love destroy, But perfidy can rend the shrine In which its vermeil splendours shine. .

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#14464 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Here I swear, and as I break my oath may Infinity Eternity blast me, here I swear that never will I forgive Christianity! It is the only point on which I allow myself to encourage revenge... Oh, how I wish I were the Antichrist, that it were mine to crush the Demon, to hurl him to his native Hell never to rise again — I expect to gratify some of this insatiable feeling in Poetry. .

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#14465 Percy Bysshe Shelley

I think that the leaf of a tree, the meanest insect on wh. we trample are in themselves arguments more conclusive than any which can be adduced that some vast intellect animates Infinity. .

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes about men
#14466 Percy Bysshe Shelley

GOVERNMENT has no rights; it is a delegation from several individuals for the purpose of securing their own. It is therefore just, only so far as it exists by their consent, useful only so far as it operates to their well-being. .

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#14467 Percy Bysshe Shelley

No man has a right to disturb the public peace, by personally resisting the execution of a law however bad. He ought to acquiesce, using at the same time the utmost powers of his reason, to promote its repeal. .

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#14468 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Man has no right to kill his brother, it is no excuse that he does so in uniform. He only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder. .

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#14469 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Belief is involuntary; nothing involuntary is meritorious or reprehensible. A man ought not to be considered worse or better for his belief. .

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes about belief
#14470 Percy Bysshe Shelley

A Christian, a Deist, a Turk, and a Jew, have equal rights: they are men and brethren. .

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#14471 Percy Bysshe Shelley

If a person's religious ideas correspond not with your own, love him nevertheless. How different would yours have been, had the chance of birth placed you in Tartary or India! .

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#14472 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Once, early in the morning, Beelzebub arose, With care his sweet person adorning, He put on his Sunday clothes. .

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#14473 Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is only by softening and disguising dead flesh by culinary preparation that it is rendered susceptible of mastication or digestion, and that the sight of its bloody juices and raw horror does not excite intolerable loathing and disgust. .

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#14474 Percy Bysshe Shelley

The butchering of harmless animals cannot fail to produce much of that spirit of insane and hideous exultation in which news of a victory is related altho' purchased by the massacre of a hundred thousand men. If the use of animal food be, in consequence, subversive to the peace of human society, how unwarrantable is the injustice and barbarity which is exercised toward these miserable victims. They are called into existence by human artifice that they may drag out a short and miserable existence of slavery and disease, that their bodies may be mutilated, their social feelings outraged. It were much better that a sentient being should never have existed, than that it should have existed only to endure unmitigated misery. .

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#14475 Percy Bysshe Shelley

The awful shadow of some unseen Power Floats though unseen among us; visiting This various world with as inconstant wing As summer winds that creep from flower to flower; Like moonbeams that behind some piny mountain shower,It visits with inconstant glance Each human heart and countenance; Like hues and harmonies of evening, Like clouds in starlight widely spread, Like memory of music fled,Like aught that for its grace may be Dear, and yet dearer for its mystery. .

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#14476 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Spirit of BEAUTY, that dost consecrate With thine own hues all thou dost shine upon Of human thought or form, where art thou gone? Why dost thou pass away and leave our state, This dim vast vale of tears, vacant and desolate? Ask why the sunlight not for ever Weaves rainbows o'er yon mountain-river, Why aught should fail and fade that once is shown, Why fear and dream and death and birth Cast on the daylight of this earth Such gloom, why man has such a scope For love and hate, despondency and hope? .

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#14477 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Thy light alone like mist o'er mountains driven, Or music by the night-wind sent Through strings of some still instrument, Or moonlight on a midnight stream, Gives grace and truth to life's unquiet dream. .

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes about life
#14478 Percy Bysshe Shelley

The day becomes more solemn and serene When noon is past; there is a harmony In autumn, and a lustre in its sky, Which through the summer is not heard or seen, As if it could not be, as if it had not been! Thus let thy power, which like the truth Of nature on my passive youth Descended, to my onward life supply Its calm, to one who worships thee, And every form containing thee,Whom, SPIRIT fair, thy spells did bind To fear himself, and love all human kind. .

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#14479 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Some say that gleams of a remoter world Visit the soul in sleep, — that death is slumber, And that its shapes the busy thoughts outnumber Of those who wake and live. .

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes about death
#14480 Percy Bysshe Shelley

We rest. — A dream has power to poison sleep; We rise. — One wandering thought pollutes the day; We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep; Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away: It is the same! — For, be it joy or sorrow, The path of its departure still is free:Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow; Nought may endure but Mutability. .

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#14481 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Yet now despair itself is mild, Even as the winds and waters are; I could lie down like a tired child, And weep away the life of care Which I have borne and yet must bear, Till death like sleep might steal on me, And I might feel in the warm air My cheek grow cold, and hear the sea Breathe o'er my dying brain its last monotony. .

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#14482 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Chameleons feed on light and air: Poets' food is love and fame. .

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#14483 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Men of England, wherefore plough For the lords who lay ye low? .

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#14484 Percy Bysshe Shelley

I arise from dreams of thee In the first sweet sleep of night, When the winds are breathing low, And the stars are shining bright. .

Percy Bysshe Shelley Quotes about dreams
#14485 Percy Bysshe Shelley

O lift me from the grass! I die! I faint! I fail! Let thy love in kisses rain On my lips and eyelids pale. My cheek is cold and white, alas! My heart beats loud and fast: O press it to thine own again, Where it will break at last! .

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#14486 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hell is a city much like London — A populous and smoky city. .

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#14487 Percy Bysshe Shelley

Teas, Where small talk dies in agonies. .

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